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Jun 15, 2008

Vivi Dot's Furry Family

I think it’s about time I introduce the furry portion of my family.

This is Indy.

Indy is four years old. Duncan and I adopted him from a coworker of mine that couldn’t have a dog where he was moving. Indy’s originally from the streets (aka the pound) and is quite terrified of most things. He’s gotten a lot better over the last two and a half year’s that we’ve had him and we’re convinced his ‘special needs’ will continue to diminish. He may look terrified when he’s out of his element, but at home he’s just a sweet little lap dog stuck in big dog’s body. He adores pizza and drools like a bulldog whenever we make it for dinner.

This is Olive.

We adopted her from the SPCA in July ’07 when she was 4 months old. Her full name is Olive Pizza. We figured Indy would have to love her if her name sounded like ‘I love Pizza.’ This trickery worked because within about two weeks they were cuddling like the animals on the calendars I’d buy at my elementary school book fairs.

With one special needs pet at home we really lucked out with Miss Pizza. She’s a low maintenance, playful little kitty during the day and an excellent cuddler after dark. She’s ecstatic that we moved out of the Mission into a much larger space with a wonderful back yard in the Richmond. She owns the garden by keeping it fly free and covering up all of Indy’s droppings should we not pick them up right away. At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, Olive also speaks to us. I’ll have to get it on video one of these days because it really is quite amazing. If you take your voice up one octave so she knows you’re speaking to her, she’ll kindly respond when you ask her a question.

This is Tom.

Tom’s the old wise man of the house. We’ve temporarily adopted him from Duncan’s parents while they’re in Humboldt where Liz is attending nursing school. Though he’d never admit it, Tom’s become quite the softy in his old age. He even lets Olive think she’s in charge now and then. He doesn’t get around all that much anymore but back in the day he was pretty much the George Clooney of the neighborhood (you know- ruggedly handsome, ladies man). One of his most recent accomplishments has been teaching Olive that she is not, in fact, a dog.

They’ve really got it rough!Pin It

Jun 13, 2008


I cleaned up and organized my fabric a while back and I just had to take a picture. This is a rarity and I’ll be the first to admit that my workspace is usually in various stages of disarray. Here’s the nice extreme -how I (and especially Duncan) would like it to look more often.


I refolded and organized my fabrics so they were perfectly stacked. This lasted about two days.
The office Duncan and I share has a lovely view of our garden (also known as Olive’s Garden). Here she is posing for this shot right next to the hot tub.

If you look straight down from the window you can see the area where the extra flowerpots are kept. This is also where Duncan goes to feel like a real man and chop the wood with his big manly axe. This area is hidden from the rest of the garden by a big wall of greenery so this is the best vantage point for the wood chopping action if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Jun 4, 2008

You too are invited to Macau China

I only had about a week to turn around the third batch of Macau invitations. This meant that I definitely had to scrap the hand made paper lotus flower. There just wasn't any way to get that many of those suckers pumped out in a week while I was working almost full time. I also didn't have time to order more gold boxes so I was back to the drawing board entirely.

I initially pictured an envelope in place of the box. I didn't want to seal the envelope so I thought it would be cool to attach a Vivi Dot and a ribbon to a brad, punch a hole in the envelope to attach the brad, wrap the ribbon around the envelope, and wind the ribbon around the brad to keep it closed.

My first stop was Paper Source to check out their envelopes. I needed to stay within the same budget for supplies which I knew would be tricky. The paper flowers were tedious to make, but they were affective and cheap- just some discounted paper from Flax, a lot of Elmer's glue, and a ton of time. It was all the other components that added up quickly and I'd need to use all of those and add some new items. I needed to put together something as effective and not break the bank.

There was a portfolio type contraption on display that looked like a good option though I didn't see any for sale. The helpful sales associated explained that it's really just two envelopes glued together. I decided to run with that idea and bought their A9 envelopes in black and metallic stardream antique gold. They also had some great metallic gold tassels that were just what i needed to spice it up a little bit.

Next it was off to Flax to stock up on some more chiyogami paper to make up the actual invitation and to decorate the outside of the envelope. I new I'd be using a lot more of this nice paper for this design which would add up fast at $10 a sheet. They were out of the prints I had previously chosen so I had to start over there too. In the end I think it was good that I was forced to mix up the prints a bit. It differentiated this new design much more and ended up working really well.

Lots of cutting and 3 bottles of rubber cement later (the nice Japanese paper really soaks it up) I'm done! Check out the 3rd (and now 4th) round of invitations:



The actual invitation slips inside the black side of the folio. The reverse side of the gold and red circle has the black and gold print from the outside of the envelope.

Click here to check out the first round of invites.Pin It

Jun 2, 2008

Two buck shipping!

Shop the Vivi Dot online store and you can now get first-class USPS shipping anywhere in the US for only 2 bucks!

My store merchant made it really easy to integrate UPS into my site and quite impossible to get accurate shipping options from anyone else. Getting specific USPS or FedEx rates for different locations and weights means lots of manual rate tables, etc. I hate that people have to pay 8+ bucks to ship a $5 ring via UPS so I've added this new option. If you want your shipment guaranteed in a certain number of days and/or need amazing tracking you should still splurge for UPS. If you just want your Vivi Dot items as soon as possible definitely go for the flat two dollar rate.

Happy shopping!

**Use the Vivi Dot coupon code 'blog' for a 10% discount good until July 15th!Pin It